Perfect for cozying up with a blanket and a hot cider on a dark night, Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces is a spooky tale of a girl, a cursed farm, and a whole lotta scarecrows.
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A group of middle school students attempt to solve a mystery, find a treasure, learn about the civil rights movement, patch up a family feud, and deal with their first crushes. There. The ultimate middle grade novel.
Mascot, Antony John's first middle grade novel, does not disappoint.
Michael's parents have moved the family from Buffalo, New York, to Edmonton, Canada. Michael has to start over with a new school, a new country, and maybe a new gender. Hey, It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time.
When Greg said his girlfriend 'ghosted' him, I assumed she was ignoring him. Brian and his daughter Sophie review Nick Tapalansky's graphic novel Cast No Shadow.
A witch, a foundling, a dragon, a madwoman, and a swamp monster walk into the woods... Meet The Girl Who Drank the Moon in Kelly Barnhill's Newbery Award-winning book.
Rule Number Three: Trust Your Instincts
If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.
Apollo -- god of the sun, music, etc., that Apollo -- begins a journey to regain his immortality in Rick Riordan's latest series.
A.S. King brings her deft touch to Middle Grade in a story about a young boy and the incredible creature that he befriends.
S.E. Grove imagines a world fractured into different ages—and you thought different time zones were a hassle.
Eoin Colfer’s Iron Man: The Gauntlet weaves Tony Stark into the MG lit world.
Even adults who are new to coding are sure to enjoy Secret Coders, Gene Luen Yang's STEM graphic novel series.
Brian and his nine-year-old daughter, Sophie, review Mighty Jack, a graphic novel take on Jack and the Beanstalk.
To meet the titular character in Alex Gino's George is to adore her.
Rebecca Mock dishes on her illustration process for her graphic novel collaboration with Hope Larson.
Revisit Greek mythology as graphic novels with George O'Connor's Olympians (Vols. 1-6).
Brian and his eight-year-old daughter Sophie review Danai Kadzere's new book about how it takes more than a pretty face to win The Princess Games.
No matter how smart or popular anyone is, Susin Nielsen's middle grade contemporary is a reminder that We Are All Made of Molecules.
Rick Riordan starts a new trilogy on Norse mythology with The Sword of Summer.
Gregory Funaro's middle grade novel shows us that that there are alternatives to that letter from Hogwarts.
In Gracefully Grayson, Ami Polonsky shows us that sometimes boys can be fancy...and sometimes, they can be girls.
Get to know the children of Disney’s most infamous villains in Melissa de la Cruz’s The Isle of the Lost.
Our Royal Diaries review series comes to a fitting end with Catherine: The Great Journey.
Warm up after a long cold lonely winter with Kazunomiya: Prisoner of Heaven.
Other leopard-based wordplay considered for the title included "a leopard can't change its spots," but when the leopard is a princess as badass as Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, she can do whatever the hell she damn pleases.
Cat Hellisen's Beastkeeper is a lovely and melancholic middle-grade retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
Kaiulani: The People's Princess proves that sometimes two great flavors—in this case, the Victorian Era and Hawaii—really do taste great together.
Ever heard of the Victorian Era? This girl, like, invented that.
The Swap, by Megan Shull. Jack and Ellie both needed a change. Boy did they ever get one.
Now this is a princess book.
Explore the cosmos with Sŏndŏk: Princess of the Moon and Stars, the latest in our Royal Diaries review series.
No, it's not Disney, and it's not Twentieth Century Fox either. The Royal Diaries series heads to imperial Russia with Carolyn Meyer's Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess.
Solving crimes and thwarting conspiracies is a total fam jam for Knightley and Son.
Happy Thanksgiving! In the Royal Diaries book Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets, Patricia Clark Smith provides the non-Pilgrim perspective.
She's the Man? Man-arch? Monarch? Get it? Never mind.
The Royal Diaries series gets its Taíno girl power on with the story of Anacaona.
The Royal Diaries series goes to India with Kathryn Lasky's Jahanara: Princess of Princesses, and it is way better than that time the Cheetah Girls went to India.
Maria reviews The Royal Diaries: Mary, Queen of Scots, which is apparently based off some CW show.
Maria, She-of-NorCal, reviews Anna Kirwan's Lady of Palenque: Flower of Bacal, a Royal Diaries story about She-of-Lakamha-Citadel in the land called Bacal.
Maria reviews the Royal Diaries book Elisabeth: The Princess Bride, which is, to some extent, a kissing book.
Maria gets down to business reviewing Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South, another entry in the Royal Diaries series.
Elaborate hairstyles and French pastries abound in Kathryn Lasky's Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, the fourth book in the Royal Diaries series.
In the third Royal Diaries installment, Carolyn Meyer's Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, heavy is the head that wears the crown.
Maria continues her procession through The Royal Diaries series with Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile
Get whisked away to New York City by Charlotte Silver's The Summer Invitation.
Dark canals, lurking assassins, magical orphans and their familiars: Falcon in the Glass is a proper pea-souper!
New FYA contributor Maria launches her tribute to The Royal Diaries series with Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor
Steampunk, sci-fi and fantasy blend together for one helluva ride on an intergalactic steam train. Bonus: We have copies for you to win!
What should have been an exciting fantasy (dragons! Prague! Illicit magic!) suffered from excessive world-building at the expense of plot and character.
Ghetto Cowboy, by Greg Neri. A look into the sport that every young man in the inner city dreams of: horse racing.
This year's offering from Newbery Honor author Kathi Appelt has already been longlisted for the National Book Award - and Amanda can surely see why.
Mandy W. reviews The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, the penultimate book in the Heroes of Olympus series that sure doesn't hold back with THE FEELS.
Once Upon a Time? Happily Ever After? The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainini shows how we aren't shaped by what we perceive to be our fate, rather who we are is determined by the choices that we make.
Mandy W. discovers that it's never too early for TEABS, thanks to The Mark of Athena, Book 3 of The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.
In Megan McCafferty's new book, Jessica Darling meets junior high. And the results are unsurprisingly awesome.
Mandy W. meets more demigod BFFs in The Son of Neptune, Book 2 of The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.
Mandy W. heads back to Camp Half-Blood with The Lost Hero, Book 1 of Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus series.
Alix reviews Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool, a book about two lost boys finding themselves along the Appalachian Trail.
Alix revisits a childhood favorite about the Irish Potato Famine, Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna.
Dr. FYA calls on school librarians to find some gritty non-fiction for reluctant readers.
Erin reviews Scarlett Dedd, a funny book about a familialcidal dead girl trying to kill off all her friends. No, really, it IS funny.
Megan reviews The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There, sequel to Catherynne M. Valente's delightful middle-grade fantasy, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
A book report of Rebecca Stead's mystery, masterpiece, and Madeleine L'Engle homage, When You Reach Me.
Forever Young Adult Presents: A review of Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
A book review of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, a fairy tale that has the potential to be a new classic.
Jenny had a fun time hanging out with The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade Bites by Heather Brewer.
Greek mythology makes everything better, including The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.